Rest In Worship

It was a common occurrence as a young boy growing up in east Texas.  My parents would wake me up at six in the morning to get us ready for church.  Why so early?  Because the church we attended at the time (Trinity Lutheran in Tyler, Texas) was approximately 40 minutes away from our home in Jacksonville...and we just had to be on time for the 8 o'clock service.

I will confess that as a young boy, even up until my teens and early 20's, I was not always excited by the idea of going to church on Sunday mornings.  And perhaps there are those of you who feel the same?  Or maybe you have a young son or daughter who feels that way?  Yes, there were days I would have rather stayed in bed or else do ANYTHING besides go to church.  However, I am grateful that my parents did not give in to my less than ideal church-going attitude.  Though they could have.

Why do we go to church?  Well, the Third Commandment calls for us to rest in worship.  Not only do we need physical rest and renewal for the week ahead each and every time, but we also need spiritual rest and renewal through worship, fellowship, and devotion to God's Word and promises.  Also Hebrews 10:25 says, Do "not neglect(ing) to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."  Let me say how personally encouraged I am to see you on Sunday mornings!

Now, why did my family drive a long way to get to church on Sunday mornings?  Because Lutheran congregations in my neck of the piney woods in east Texas were generally 40 to 50 minutes apart.  How very different the situation is in this part of Wisconsin!  In my 5 mile journey from the house to St. Andrew each weekday, I pass by two other Missouri Synod congregations (not to mention the other Lutheran branches, including the ELCA and WELS).  Unlike those congregations located in the heart of West Bend, St. Andrew is out in the country off of state hwy 144 N. (approx. 7 to 10 minutes north of downtown West Bend).  St. Andrew is a small congregation, BUT with a big heart.  We are always eager to greet new people, and we would love to see you here!                       

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